President Maithripala Sirisena has called for the Police Narcotics Bureau to be strengthened following complaints of lack of facilities relating to infrastructure and logistics and measures in place to ensure their safety during operations.
Director of the Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevenion, Dr. Samantha Kumara Kithalawaarachchi noted that President Maithripala Sirisena had called for all facilities required by Bureau officers (including those working undercover) to be provided to and for them. What is available at present is not adequate or effective at all. “There is constant danger to the lives of these officers. They must have facilities and their security must be looked into and guaranteed and assured. Sometimes, their movements are restricted owing to the lack of such,” he said.
“Sometimes, the lack of these facilities creates fear in those going out on operations and they prefer to stay inside instead. There must be sophisticated covering groups or backup groups such as those composed of Army or Special Task Force personnel to assist them during operations,” he explained.
Recently, there have been several high profile major drug busts, during one of which, an officer was gunned down in the line of duty.